the Baptist testifies of Jesus Christ Part One
is the portion of the book when John the Baptist comes face to face with Jesus
Christ Himself and testifies of two spiritual truths. In John 1:32 John saw the
Spirit descending from heaven and in verse 34 John bore record that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God.
"This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred
before me: (31) And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to
Is'ra - el, therefore am I come baptizing with water. (32) And John bare
record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it
abode upon Him. (33) And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with
water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending,
and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Ho'ly Ghost. (34)
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God." John 1: 30 - 34.
to verses 30 and 31 this was he of whom he had spoken before so John the
Baptist had the honor of seeing Jesus Christ Himself. The Old Testament
prophets never saw Jesus Christ face to face. There is obviously a difference
between present and future vision. I have experienced both but there is
something so special about present faith in the Person of Jesus Christ.
John said this is He of whom I said and he also said Jesus Christ is preferred
before me. It was so necessary that John show the people the very Person of
Jesus Christ. It is necessary that we as Christians show other people the
Person of Jesus Christ. John spoke great things of the Son of God but in
context he had to show them Jesus Christ. This also applies to us because we
can speak great spiritual truths about the Bible but if we do not give the
invitation for them to accept the true Messiah into their hearts then we are
missing the whole point.
said I knew Him not so there was no acquaintance at all between them. John had
no personal knowledge of Jesus until he saw Him come to his baptism. The whole
purpose of the ministry and baptism of John the Baptist was to introduce people
to Jesus Christ. I do not mean to keep flip flopping back and forth but that is
also our role for the Kingdom of God.
that day Jesus Christ was initially made manifest to Israel and the physical
call of John was to baptize. We also have our gifts and calls for God and we
are to be using them because if we do not give what God has given us we will
lose these precious gifts and callings. Use it for the right motives or lose
the Baptist had assurance that Jesus Christ should be made manifest. He carried
out his work with diligence and resolution. This is exactly the way we should
carry out our ministry.
notice God reveals Himself to His people by degrees. At first John the Baptist
never saw Jesus Christ then when the Son of God was made manifest to him he
became blessed with the sight of Jesus Christ. When we walk with Jesus Christ
we may at first receive a teaspoon but if we continue drawing close to God we
may receive a tablespoon.
is the end of Part One so until next time God bless.